Preview: Mariners at Red Sox

Current Conditions - Boston
CLOUDY 68 °F
Wind: NNE 9
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Seattle Mariners (68-58) at Boston Red Sox (56-71)
DATE/TIME: Friday, August 22 - 7:10 PM EST
WHERE: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
LINE: -187, 172 TOTAL: 7


One American League West postseason contender just got finished improving its position at the expense of the Boston Red Sox, and the Seattle Mariners are poised to do the same. The Mariners will visit the Red Sox for the beginning of a three-game series on Friday. Seattle sits a half-game behind the Detroit Tigers in the race for the second AL wild-card spot and is 3-3 on its nine-game road trip that included a series win in Detroit.

Boston lost all four games to the West-leading Los Angeles Angels and has dropped five straight overall to fall to 2-6 on its 11-game homestand. The Red Sox managed one hit in Thursday’s 2-0 setback and have totaled nine runs in the last five games. The Mariners are not exactly an offensive juggernaut, either, but lead the majors in team ERA (2.93), WHIP (1.13) and batting average against (.225) and have not allowed more than four runs in a game since a 6-5 win at Cleveland on July 31.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, ROOT (Seattle), NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (13-4, 1.99 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Joe Kelly (2-3, 4.67)

Hernandez was hit in the hip with a comebacker at Detroit on Saturday and left after five innings, ending a string of 16 straight starts with at least seven innings pitched and two or fewer earned runs allowed. The Cy Young frontrunner, who yielded two runs to the Tigers and suffered the loss, has issued a total of three walks in his last five starts. Hernandez has always had success against Boston and owns an 8-2 record with a 2.97 ERA in 15 career starts against the Red Sox.

Kelly ran into his first spot of trouble since joining Boston on Sunday, when he was reached for seven runs in four innings to suffer a loss against Houston. The former Cardinal issued six walks in that turn and has allowed 13 free passes in 17 innings with the Red Sox. Kelly has never faced Seattle, and that beating against the Astros marked his first start against an AL opponent this season.

WALK-OFFS

1. Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli (back spasms) has missed the last two games and is day-to-day.

2. Seattle OF Dustin Ackley (back) missed Wednesday’s game but is expected back Friday.

3. Boston is reportedly one of the leading candidates to land Cuban OF Rusney Castillo.

PREDICTION:
Mariners 4, Red Sox 0

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Seattle 68-58 L1 34-32 34-26 14-12 19-14 27-23 8-9
Boston 56-71 L5 29-37 27-34 19-32 14-15 14-16 9-8

Last Meeting

Seattle Boston
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/25/14 BOS 5 SEA 4 .242 3 .780 .306 1 .741

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
SEA K. Seager .615 8 1.846
BOS D. Nava .455 5 .993
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
SEA K. Seager 2 5 7
BOS Y. Cespedes 4 5 7
Pitching ERA Avg K
SEA 3.33 .308 26
BOS 8.28 .250 18
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
SEA R. Cano .329 153 .865
BOS B. Holt .291 113 .740
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
SEA K. Seager 19 53 78
BOS D. Ortiz 30 49 93
Pitching ERA Avg K
SEA 2.93 .246 1016
BOS 3.91 .243 979

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
-120
7
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 180 -215
-115
7
Sportsbook 180 -215
-115
7
5Dimes.eu
182
-193
-110
7
GTBets.eu 173 -193
-115
7
Top Bet 150 -170
-115
7
BetDSI 175 -200
-120
7
BookMaker.eu 175 -200
-120
7
Vegas Odds
LVH 165 -180
-100
7
Mirage 145
-165
-100
7
Station 155 -175 OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Seattle Overall Boston
68-58 W/L 56-71
73-53 RL W/L 52-75
48-71-7 O/U 52-71-4
3.96 Runs For 3.80
3.18 Runs Against 4.32
Seattle A/H Boston
34-26 W/L 29-37
41-19 RL W/L 20-46
26-32-2 O/U 26-40-0
4.32 Runs For 3.79
3.25 Runs Against 4.48